‘A Magna Carta for the web’


A Magna Carta for the web

Do you know anything about ‘A Magna Carta for the web’? The online source that I would like to share with you is the 6.5-minute Ted talk that was given by Tim Barners-Lee. Needless to say, he is the inventor of the World Wide Web. When it marked the 25th anniversary in 2014, he gave us an opportunity to think about the future development of the web thorough this TED talk.

When we learn about the web or use it on a daily basis, we often face its negative side such as invasion of privacy and a filter bubble. At the same time, we would notice that the web could be a democratic platform in the world. Personally, I believe it is important to know the limit of the present web and consider the principle of the web: a Magna Carta for the web in the future through learning network society and the media.

This video would not provide an answer to what a future Magna Carta for the web should look like. However, it would remind you the importance of thinking independently about ‘our’ future vision of the web.

*Because the video is very short, I would recommend seeing those videos and the web site below for considering ‘a Magna Carta for the web’ from various points of view.

  1. Pariser, E. (2011). Beware online “filter bubbles”. TED.
  2. Snowden, E. (2014). Here’s how we take back the Internet. TED.
  3. The World Wide Web Consortium and the World Wide Web Foundation (2014). Webat25.org.


  1. The ideas that Berners-Lee talks about in TED Talk video remind me a lot of what we talked about during the lecture in Week One. He envisions the Internet as a defragmented space, a democratic space, a space that everyone can have access to, and a space in which people can come together to try to resolve global issues quickly and effectively. A lot of what he says is reminiscent of what early Internet users mentioned when they talked about the freedom of being able to go online and do anything you want/be anything you want. In today’s day in age, is this vision of the Internet – an almost utopian space – realistic or achievable? I’m not so sure, but it is interesting to find out what the creator of the World Wide Web believes is the ideal way to use his creation.


  2. This is a very good blog post and I was interested in the ‘Magna Carta’ statements you made, comparing the information shared on TED to the Magna Carta.

    I also like how you concentrated your online resource on TED. TED is a very good source as it sparks debates on technology, entertainment and design coverage. I originally was going to post on this online resource but it looks like you beat me to it.

    I believe the Tim Barners-Lee example that you refer to is a very good find and is directly useful for anyone studying Network Society in the Media. As this TED talk discusses future developments for the World Wide Web it allows those studying the subject to not get a clear answer but estimate coming progressions.

    I also agree with your statement. Despite how popular the web is we do tend to focus on the negative sides it offers, forgetting the advantages it has given to the world as well as the democratic platform that it could be.

    Your later statement does make me think about what is important. What is the limit of the present web? And what are it’s principles? A Brilliant topic to discuss for Network Society and the Media.

    Also, thanks for the other video links.


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